The PSA's Annual Awards are among the most prestigious honors available to poets. They offer emerging and established poets recognition at all stages of their careers, including our student poetry award and book awards for publishers.
Awarded for the best unpublished poem by a student in grades 9 through 12 from the United States.
Judged by Shira Erlichman
Endowed under the wills of Louise Louis Whitbread and Ruth M. Bourne.
October 1-December 31, 2021
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Submission Details & Instructions
- You can only submit one entry per student.
- Teachers or administrators may submit an unlimited number of their students' poems, one submission per student.
- A poem that has previously won a PSA Award cannot be re-submitted.
- No previously published work can be submitted.
- Translations are ineligible.
- Poems by more than one author will not be accepted.
- All entries must be sent though Submittable.
High school students may send single entries to the Louise Louis/Emily F. Bourne Student Poetry Award for the fee of $5.
High school teachers or administrators may submit an unlimited number of their students' poems (one submission per student) for a $20 entry fee.
You do not need to be a member of the Poetry Society of America to submit to this award.
The Poetry Society of America is grateful to and admiring of the nation's poetry publishers for their faithful support and promotion of the art. In particular, we wish to thank the following book publishers for supporting our Annual Awards Ceremony.